Monthly Archives: February 2015

Three Tips for Designing a Custom Home

Custom house builders

Though the housing market in the United States did take a turn for the worst in the mid- to late-2000s, it has more than bounced back. Luxury custom homes are even on the rise, as more buyers feel confident in the market. Buying a custom home is a popular choice because it allows buyers to have a greater level of control over the way the house will look and how much the home will cost. If you’re interested in buying a custom home, you’re probably already a little stressed out about the number of different things that can go into designing it, but here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Stay on Budget
Designing (more…)

27 Feb 2015

The Top Three Things to Look for When Examining Your Furnace

Will the heat index affect your air conditioning

In the middle of winter, the last thing you or your family needs is furnace downtime. Because of this, it’s important for you to be able to quickly identify the signs of trouble in your home’s furnace, so you can have it repaired as soon as possible and keep the winter chill out of your home.

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to tell when there’s something wrong with your furnace — you just need to know the warning signs.

To know if and when you should get a furnace repair service performed, look for these three indicators that there may be a problem with your furnace:

Your furnace is making strange noises — and it’s noticeable

Few furnaces function without making some amount of sound; however, you’ll be able to tell when these sounds become abor (more…)

27 Feb 2015

How to Pursue a Career as a Public Adjuster

Florida public adjuster

Public adjusters are known for helping homeowners across the country get their flood damage and fire damage claims successfully filed, allowing them to get the financial help they need to repair their homes and rebuild their lives.

Being a public adjuster also a fantastic career choice. The median salary for a public adjuster is approximately $61,190, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, and demand for public adjusters will grow by about 4% by 2022, meaning there will be plenty of job opportunities opening up in this field.

Do you think a career in providing public adjuster services to homeowners os right for you? If so, here’s a quick look at the steps you sh (more…)

20 Feb 2015

How to Decorate a Nautical Theme With Purpose

Nautical barometer

Everything sailors use, they use for a reason. Though often times these nautical items are kept for pragmatic reasons, their use often takes on deep, symbolic significance. That’s why sailors will often get such nautical items as anchors, propellers, or harpoons tattooed.

When planning and designing a nautical theme, taking such symbolic meanings into account can make your design seem not only more intentional — with more purpose — but also more well arranged. Here are a few ways you can incorporate these symbolic meanings into your own nautical theme, choosing more purposeful places to place your nautical home decorations.

Compasses Above the Door.

Compasses are (more…)

20 Feb 2015

The History of the Television Remote

Remote manuals

At this point, the average American is likely pretty used to using television remote controls to change the change, adjust volume and other basic feats. Of course, programming a remote, locating it when it’s lost, or finding good replacement remotes when our favorite control breaks might be another matter, but by and large, we are acclimated to sitting back while this common device does the work for us. Because of this, it is easy to forget just how amazing this technology is, especially when compared to how our recent ancestors used to live. In truth, there is a lot of history behind your TV remote controls; read on to learn about the people and decisions that brought this technology into your home.

Like Many Things, It Began With Tesla…
In 1898, wireless technology was a new f (more…)

19 Feb 2015

The Top Three Reasons to Donate Clothing This Winter

Clothes donations

The winter months in the United States are always chilly, but this year they’ve been especially brutal. Many parts of the country are experiencing record low temperatures, some in the single digits or even negatives. For those who are less fortunate, the winter can present several difficulties, including trouble paying for heating, transportation issues, and sometimes a lack of weather-appropriate clothing and outerwear.

However, there is one way that you can help others: by donating clothing to local charity organizations. While clothing donations are accepted year round, the cold months tend to see a higher demand for donated garments. Here are (more…)

19 Feb 2015

6 Awesome Benefits of Adjustable Beds

Adjust a bed

Millions of Americans suffer from sleeping problems because they don’t have the right kind of sleeping equipment or beds adjustable for their body type. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation reports that over 50% of American adults have chronic back pain, and this often results from not getting quality sleep at night. Sleeping well is important because it is one of the key foundations of any lifestyle aimed at promoting good health, but it is often overlooked because people focus on diet and exercise. Although these are important, anyone who has tried to live a healthy lifestyle knows that it is impossible to work out or eat well if you aren’t rested.

The benefits of finding beds adj (more…)

17 Feb 2015

Clothing Donations Help Those Who Need It the Most

Donating clothes

Though we may not always witness poverty and homelessness firsthand, the fact remains that there is a tragic number of homeless people in the United States. The figures are devastating. According to a 2013 study completed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than 600,000 homeless people are out on the streets on any given night. Nearly 25% of them are children and nearly 15% live together as families. Despite our status as the wealthiest country in the world, there are more than 500,000 people living on the bare edges of society, just clinging by and struggling to survive.

However, the situation is not hopeless. There are ways to combat the widespread homelessness found all over the nation. One way ordinary citizens can help the cause is by (more…)

06 Feb 2015

How Drones Could Become Part of the Insurance Claim Process

Fire damage claims

If your home becomes the victim of flood damage, fire damage or is devastated by other natural disasters like hail or a tornado, you will most likely want to file a claim with your homeowner’s insurance company so you can receive financial compensation for repairing this damage.

And filing these claims might become easier and more expedited than ever — with the help of drones.

According to a February 4 Real Estate Weekly article, a drone, equipped with a camera, would be able to fly over the property in question and gather footage and evidence of the damage that took place. This could all be done within just a few hours of the house becoming damaged, and would make it easier for insurance companies to process claims; representatives would no longer have to travel to the home to witness th (more…)

06 Feb 2015

Should You Give to Charity This Winter? Yes, and Here’s What You Should Donate

Pick up clothing donations

With the winter months comes the need to bundle up and stay warm inside the home. Unfortunately, however, not everyone has this luxury, and many people are without basic needs when the temperatures drop. While you may not have trouble getting food, shelter, and warm clothing, there are people in your community who may be having these problems right now.

But this problem isn’t one without a solution. By donating to charity, you can ensure that other people in your community and throughout the world get what they need when they need it. Here are a few questions you may have regarding donations in the wintertime, so you can be informed as you help others this season.

What Should I Donate This Winter?

During the winter, clothing is often the number one item requested by (more…)

04 Feb 2015